January 7, 2016

Choosing a Headboard

In: Interior Design


Happy New Year! The designers at Lucas/Eilers believe the best way to start the New Year is by relaxing and recharging after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. What better way to unwind than by spending time in the cozy retreat of your own bedroom?

Headboard, bed skirt, curtain & pillow fabric: Hines / Lamps: Circa / Antique Bench: Back Row Antiques / Nightstand: Boxwood 

Designer Billy Baldwin once said, “Everything in a bedroom should contribute to an atmosphere of peace.” When designing bedrooms for our clients, we certainly adhere to Billy’s philosophy. We believe in the importance of taking time to decompress at the end of a busy day, and we also believe that one of the best ways to do this is by curling up in a bed that you love.

From top left, clockwise Room 1 Art: Natural Curiosities / Room 2 Bedding: Leontine Linens / Room 3 Lamps: Stray Dog

There are many components involved in designing a great bed, but the first step is choosing the right headboard. When selecting a headboard, be sure to consider how you’d like the piece to contribute to the overall scheme of the room. Whether a soft neutral or a much needed pop of color, the headboard can be essential in making a room feel finished. To help provide some inspiration, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite headboards used in past projects.

We enjoy creating headboards by using “found” objects, and we often make them the focal point of the room. From wood to antique mirror, there are many options for materials and items that can be used as a headboard – you just have to use your imagination!

Right Headboard: Round Top

A few elements to consider when selecting a headboard are size, material, color, and function. An oversized headboard can double as a statement piece, while a smaller headboard can redirect focus onto the bed’s duvet and pillows, or to a work of art hanging above. If you’re someone who loves to sit up and read in bed, you might want to select a plush upholstery as a soft place to lean against. Otherwise, the function may be purely aesthetic, opening the doors to an infinite selection of materials with which to create the headboard.

Left Tiles surrounding fireplace: Chateau Domingue

Left Lamps: Circa / Headboard, lumbar pillow and bed skirt fabric: Schumacher / Coverlet and shams: Pine Cone Hill Right Art: Natural Curiosities / Sconces: Dunes & Duchess / Bedding: Leontine Linens

Whether you choose metal or cozy upholstery, a quiet neutral or a bold pattern, make your headboard a declaration of your personality and a piece that will bring comfort and delight to your bedroom – the most important sanctuary of your home.

Left Headboard fabric: Pindler / Desk and chair: Restoration Hardware Right Headboard fabric: Schumacher / Nightstand: Aidan Gray

“I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms – they should express your personal preferences in every way…Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.” – Dorothy Draper, In the Pink


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